Lepanthes scapha Luer & Hirtz 1996 SECTION Lepanthes SUBSECTION Lepanthes SERIES Mucronatae Luer 1996

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Boat Lepanthes [refers to the shape of the appendix]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Imbabura province of Ecuador at elevations around 1250 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect to suberect, very slender ramicaul enveloped by 7 to 12, close fitting, glabrous lepanthiform sheaths with microscopically ciliate ostia carrying a single, apical, spreading , thinly coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute to long-attenuate, rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2, dimorphic, filiform, congested, distichous, one .64" the other .32 to .6" [ .8 to 1.5 cm] long, successively several flowered inflorescence arising on top of the leaf with lightly echinate floral bracts.

"This little species is very closely allied with the literally ubiquitous L mucronata of higher altitudes as well as its numerous allies typified by the marginal lobule between the lobes of the petals. L scapha is distinguished by the short marginal lobe of the petals, narrowly oblong connectives supporting the middle of the blades of the lip and a boat shaped appendix witha subacute prow." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIV Systematics of Draconanthes, Lepanthes subgenus Marsipanthes and subgenus Lepanthes of Ecuador Luer 1996 drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 88 Lepanthes and affiliates Dodson & Luer 2011 drawing fide